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The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

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Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.

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Bud Gurney
Patricia Smith ...
Mirror Girl
Bartlett Robinson ...
Benjamin Frank Mahoney, President Ryan Airlines Co.
Marc Connelly ...
Father Hussman
Arthur Space ...
Donald Hall, Chief Engineer Ryan Airlines
Charles Watts ...
O.W. Schultz, Salesman Atlas Suspender Co.
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Biography of Charles Lindburgh from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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This was the era that belonged to young people - but mostly it belonged to a shy, lanky guy... The screen has never come so close to the heart of a man! See more »


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20 April 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'odyssée de Charles Lindbergh  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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James Stewart, who was portraying Charles Lindbergh at the age of 25, was 47 when the film was made. See more »

Goofs

Jimmy Stewart (as Lindbergh) and one of his associates drive up the runway to inspect it before the big takeoff. Stewart borrows a white handkerchief to replace a missing flag. When they leave, it's obvious there is a spotlight behind the car, and you can almost make out its reflection in the car's paintwork. See more »

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[first lines]
Reporter: [checking his copy] Here at the Garden City Hotel, less than a mile from Roosevelt Field... less than three-quarters of a mile from Roosevelt Field... everyone is waiting, as they have been now for seven days and nights, waiting for the rain to stop...
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Soundtracks

La Marseillaise
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Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Arranged by Franz Waxman
Played briefly during the opening credits
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The whole spirit of the flight.
21 September 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

When people think of the great Billy Wilder films they often forget to mention this one. A great picture that tells the story of the flight, certain events in Lindbergh's life, how he came to make the flight, the design and building of the plane, his association with the people who helped make it happen and even some of the trademark Billy Wilder humor. Visit your local fish market get some Sanddabs (if they have them, they're a California fish) fry em up and sit back and enjoy a great movie about one of the great accomplishments of this century with one of the greatest actors of this century in the lead role. The wide screen version is tops.


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